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Guest column: Georgia has the makings of a prosperous, worldwide brand

Centuries later, Charles Dickens' line still sums up today: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

November 29, 2009 | By Dink NeSmith Guest columnist | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Health survey tilts to the North

Imagine my surprise to read recent news reports that Georgia is among the least healthy states in the nation because of, among other things, our "poor diet." Obviously, the experts who put the report together have never heard of sweet tea, Vidalia onions, barbecue sandwiches or grits with butter. That doesn't sound like a poor diet to me.

November 28, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Glazer: Shelter pets, redheads and holiday cheer

I was so proud of myself. For the first time in months, I had prepared a column well in advance of my Thursday morning deadline. I figured with Thanksgiving coming up, it would be a good idea to get it finished ahead of time. It was, if I do say so myself, one of my better ones. It dealt with the issue of waiving adoption fees at the new Hall County Animal Shelter.

November 27, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Yarbrough: A new family holiday tradition is born

This is going to be a special Thanksgiving. My great-grandson, Cameron Yarbrough, and I are going to begin a new family tradition this week by sharing a birthday celebration. He will hit the ripe old age of 1 tomorrow, and two days later, I will become slightly older than Kennesaw Mountain.

November 25, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Crawford: Can Richardson hang on as speaker?

"So why did he REALLY do it?" I've been asked that question many times since the news broke that House Speaker Glenn Richardson had tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

November 25, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Oglesby: On well-wishers, a late friend, lottery

The response to my thyroid cancer treatment column has been overwhelming and unexpected. The biggest surprise was so few people knew we had such a nuclear medicine facility in Hall County. Several had family members that had been through it, one several years ago in Columbus. I told executive editor Mitch Clarke I would keep tabs on response numbers, a promise I can't fully keep.

November 24, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists

Guest column: The season to feed hope

As we face the realities of the world in which we live today and heading into the season of giving thanks, we find that for many this season is one of hopelessness and despair. To that end, the Georgia Mountain Food Bank exists to provide food and hope to food insecure individuals in Northeast Georgia.

November 22, 2009 | By Kay Blackstock Guest columnist | Community columnists

Yarbrough: Lawmaker vows to treat teachers right

Attention, National Board Certified teachers in Georgia who got hosed by the state in the last legislative session: I think I have found the guy in the white hat that plans to ride to the rescue. And he is a good one to have on the horse.

November 21, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Corn: GOP’s split follows a familiar path from history

During our latest elections, a militant group of Republicans has shown that they are willing to oust a member of their own party, midway through a campaign if necessary, for deviating from party dogma.

November 20, 2009 | Community columnist | Community columnists

Crawford: Endorsement was risky for Barnes

In the months since he announced he would try for another term as governor, Roy Barnes has been flying under the radar of Georgia politics.

November 18, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

King: Common humanity lost amid tragedy

"He wanted to be part of something bigger than himself."

November 17, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists

Nichols: Is war in Afghanistan a repeat of Vietnam?

Perhaps the most important decision in the first year of Barack Obama's presidency is his answer to the request of his main commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, for some 30,000 to 40,000 more troops to be added to the 68,000 troops already approved.

November 16, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists

Yarbrough: US Muslims can’t always have it both ways

There are just a few things you can count on in this world: The sun will rise in the east; nobody will ever sing better than Ray Charles and somebody will try to make a martyr out of that piece of camel dung that killed 13 innocent men and women at Fort Hood, Texas.

November 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Glazer: Trip to DC memorial an apt tribute to our heroes

On the eve of Veterans Day, the speaker at our Optimist Club meeting was a most appropriate one. Bill Fletcher is a Gainesville man who, as a 21-year-old fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

November 13, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists

Cornelius: Religious voices vital to our public life

Religious believers have long been wrongly attacked for "unconstitutional" meddling in politics and government when in reality their politicking and opining were nothing of the sort.

November 12, 2009 | By Tack Cornelius Guest columnist | Community columnists

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Tom Crawford: Not all regulations are necessarily bad

History was made last month at the C. B. King Federal Courthouse in downtown Albany. Federal Judge Louis Sands had before him a defendant named ...

October 07, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Essay: Nation’s military used as toy soldiers by civilian leaders

Monday will mark the 50th anniversary of that muggy October morning I scrambled off a bus and stepped onto a set of yellow footprints at ...

October 04, 2015 | By Ron Martz | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: Aliens take a pass on invading Earth

Knock! Knock! "Open the door, please!"

October 03, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists

Tom Crawford: Legislator passes on HOPE of education to others

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE Scholarship, you couldn't do it.

September 30, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists

Dick Yarbrough: High school anglers get hooked, join the clubs

Mark Gintert might just have the best job in America. An avid outdoorsman and a successful businessman, Gintert is the national youth director of The ...

September 26, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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